“Ably translated, the prose carries the tension of a spy novel. […] Sights and smells of laboratories are vividly rendered, along with the nuances of photoengraving and careful interactions with strangers and colleagues. […] This is a fascinating tribute to a humanitarian and a glimpse at the nuts and bolts of covert operations.” – Hallie … Continue reading
We are pleased to announce advance praise for Hitler, Stalin and I: An Oral History, scheduled for publication in January 2018. “In today’s political climate of rising extremist ideologies and nationalist tendencies, a new book, Hitler, Stalin and I, is an oral history that examines persecutions rooted in strong political rhetoric of exclusion. Czech author … Continue reading
The Literary Review (TLR): “The Consequences is reminiscent of Milan Kundera. Yet where Kundera employs himself as the didactic narrator, Weijers puts existential insights directly into the minds of her characters. The result is a much less controlled narrative, one which leaps from thought to thought without ever venturing an answer, and whose characters emerge as … Continue reading
Eugenia P. Treadwell writes: “This riveting story captures the reader’s imagination, bringing us back in time to Europe, Africa, and South America, including Nazi Germany, and the Algerian War of Independence. These harrowing moments of history are recreated through interviews with Mr. Kaminsky himself, offering rare insight from a forger’s perspective and how one person … Continue reading
Congratulations to author and architectural scholar Ivan Margolius for winning the annual writing prize through the British Czech and Slovak Association for his article about architects Karel Honzik and FRS Yorke. His forthcoming translation Hitler, Stalin and I: An Oral History, is now available for pre-order. It’s also worth noting that Ivan received the Second … Continue reading
“Minnie Panis is a Dutch artist of growing international reputation. One day, she opens Vogue and finds nearly nude photographs of herself featured in a fashion spread. She did not agree to pose for these pictures, and yet she instantly knows where they came from: a photographer she’d been sleeping with had betrayed her and … Continue reading
“Weijers masterfully slips back and forth between the (temporal) present and various pasts in Minnie’s life, elaborating on her disappearances and her sadness. … Weijers’ literary inspiration comes from Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, but she leaves Beckett’s futility behind to deliver a deeply compelling search for meaning that at times turns on the slightest connections—like the fleeting … Continue reading
Doppelhouse Press is honored to be part of the literary-musical collage, Resistance: Persecuted but not Silenced, at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York on November 9 at 7:30 pm. This collage unites resistive texts from three centuries with musical pieces by persecuted composers. Included as a free giveaway for attending is Erich Hackl’s “Three Tearless … Continue reading
Garry Craig Powell writes: “This novel is a true must-read, and Weijers is an author all literate readers should discover. […] The Consequences is an astonishing book, shimmering with wit, wisdom, and beauty.” Read the full review at Rain Taxi.
Award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper traveled to France in spring 2017 to interview Adolfo Kaminsky and Sarah Kaminsky. Both the broadcast and 60 Minutes Overtime, another 5 minute special, are viewable now! Continue reading
“A remarkable collection of primary source documents [that] arrives at a time when the United States and other Western democracies face significant decision points. […] Rajsfus’s work about the French treachery was completed years before Trump’s ascendancy to power. Its importance is to alert us to be attentive and vigilant. When must we act to … Continue reading
From Literary Hub, we are pleased to share: “Minnie Panis is a conceptual artist whose near-death experience during an installation convinces her to seek psychological help. But is the doctor she’s chosen a helper, or a gateway to another dimension? ‘The day Minnie Panis vanished from her own life for the third time. . .’ … Continue reading
Coinciding with the launch of Niña Weijers’s U.S. book tour, we note the following review, “Weijers’ unusual life and art story is engaging throughout. … Thoroughly enjoyable and agreeably provocative.” – M.A. Orthofer, The Complete Review
Sharp, intimate, and curious. – The Riveter Magazine, Riveting Books by Women Continue reading
Forgács’ “intellect, cultural knowledge and research, analytical and synthetic skills, is what makes Hungarian Art: Confrontation and Revival in the Modern Movement a text that I was unable to put down; one that will be used by those interested in the field for a long time to come.” – Dr. Oliver Botar, Hungarian Cultural Studies Continue reading
The Forger, directed by Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia and Pamela Druckerman, is scheduled for multiple screenings at the DC Shorts Film Festival in September 2017. The Forger, is based on the best-selling book, Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life, by Sarah Kaminsky. Buy tickets at: festival.dcshorts.com/films/the-forger.
Recommended to all those interested not only in architecture but also in the dynamic era of twenties and thirties. … Continue reading
Francis M. Naumann, contributor to The Artist, The Censor, and The Nude: A Tale of Morality and Appropriation, is a scholar, curator, and art dealer in New York, specializing in the art of the Dada movement. Continue reading
Foreword Reviews: “Rare and invaluable is the writer who can address a topic that can’t possibly withstand further scrutiny … only to produce a brilliantly original, insight-filled manifesto. Maurice Rajsfus pulls off that exact feat of magic in The Vel d’Hiv Raid: The French Police at the Service of the Gestapo. That the French lustily … Continue reading
Admirably fresh, interesting and well written…. Read more… Continue reading
Red City Review writes: “What makes these stories so entertaining and engaging is the fact that the characters in each of the stories are the kind of people you’ve met before. They have to face relatable issues like dealing with the complications of a new love, getting older, struggling to keep their families together, and … Continue reading
The Charlottesville racist rally and terror attack is a replay of how the European fascists operated before and during World War II. It is an echo of the same game plan they relied on to build their movements. … What follows is an interview with Levi Laub, the English translator of the most detailed study of The Vél d’Hiv Raid. The study is as timely as today’s news. The interview focuses on the details of how not opposing fascist ideas and practices turns you into a collaborator. Continue reading
“Of all the many books that have been published about Iran, none so viscerally conveys the absurdity of the censorship that bears on the nation, or the spirit of rebellion against it as The Artist, the Censor, and The Nude. Only an artist of the keenest sensibilities, like Pamela Joseph, can make such a distant … Continue reading
Maurice Rajsfus, a French Jewish survivor who witnessed this infamous roundup, dissects it in a workmanlike book, The Vel D’Hiv Raid: The French Police at the Service of the Gestapo. … Seventy five years on, this appalling raid still blights French grandiose notions of liberty and equality. Continue reading
Thoughtful and rigorous, the book provides an excellent survey of contemporary censorship. … Continue reading
July 16 and 17 marked the 75th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv Roundup. Levi Laub, activist and translator of our upcoming title, The Vél d’Hiv Raid by Maurice Rajsfus, was interviewed on Monday, July 17 by KPFA host Mitch Jeserich on Letters & Politics. Listen, download, or open the interview from iTunes at: https://kpfa.org/episode/letters-and-politics-july-17-2017.
“Claire Beck Loos, the Witness of an Era” — exhibition in Pilsen examines the life of architect Adolf Loos through the biography of him written by photographer and author Claire Beck Loos. The Pilsen Synagogue is home to the exhibition all summer. Continue reading
We congratulate our author Peter Sichrovsky (Verklempt) on his new foreign language edition of Born Guilty: Children of Nazi Families. Sichrovsky provides an illuminating interview in a Chinese online magazine, Tencent Culture, and we have translated it for you. Continue reading
“A provocative and engaging discussion of the alteration, erasure and suppression of art.” – Donna Kaz, author of UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour
Last week we were pleased to announce that The Ghetto Swinger: A Berlin Jazz-Legend Remembers, by Coco Schumann (with Max Christian Graeff and Michaela Haas; Translated by John Howard; Afterword by Michael H. Kater) was named one of five finalists for the 2017 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence. Today we would like … Continue reading
Foreword Reviews July/August 2017 Review by Susan Waggoner “Adept reporting and personal experience make for a gripping read… While each book is strong enough to stand on its own, Operation Yellow Star and Black Thursday together make an unusual, important, credibly researched, and skillfully written contribution to Holocaust literature.” Visit the book page to learn … Continue reading
Anderson Ranch Arts Center will host a panel discussion about art and censorship across cultural contexts August 10 from 7-9 pm with author Glenn Harcourt, Eleanor Heartney, Francis M. Naumann and artist Pamela Joseph. The discussion coincides with the publication of Harcourt and Joseph’s eponymous book by DoppelHouse Press. Part monograph, part historical analysis, and part … Continue reading
“Every resistance movement had its forgers, but few have told their tales. Many, like Kaminsky, were very young technicians and chemists when they began their work. Sarah Kaminsky’s affectionate rendering of her father’s life, with all the intricacies of his trade, is a book not just about a remarkable craftsman, but a man who strove … Continue reading
The documentary video “The Forger” by filmmakers Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia and Pamela Druckerman has been named a finalist in the 76th Annual Peabody Awards. The documentary is based on best-selling author Sarah Kaminsky’s book about her father, an unsung hero of the Paris Resistance in Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life. Kaminsky’s book has been translated into seven … Continue reading
An official selection at the Hot Docs Film Festival, The Forger, produced by The New York Times, wins the audience prize for short documentary. The Forger, by filmmakers Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia and Pamela Druckerman’s documentary, is based on the best-selling book, Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life, by Sarah Kaminsky.
A statement by our author Maurice Rajsfus, a survivor of the Vél d’Hiv Raid, “The Le Pen Family Are All Holocaust Deniers”: Continue reading
Lew Whittington writes, “Newly translated English editions of Operation Yellow Star and Black Thursday: The Round-up of July 16, 1942 have just been released in a single volume to mark the 75th anniversary year of the purge of Jews in France during WWII.” “Through his sobering, exhaustive research Rajsfus chronicles the arrests, harassment, and deportations … Continue reading
“An unsparing indictment of Paris police during the Nazi occupation. […] The author’s memory of July 16 is harrowing. […] Besides commemorating his family’s murder, Rajsfus raises awareness about how “the enemies of human rights are once more gaining ground,” spouting xenophobia that is easily transferable to any minority group. A heartfelt, timely plea to … Continue reading
DoppelHouse Press congratulates Sarah Kaminsky on her inclusion in the forthcoming volume of Contemporary Authors, an imprint of Gale Cengage. Kaminsky joins over 112,00 distinguished writers in all genres whose works have been published in the English language. Contemporary Authors provides biographical details on modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists and scriptwriters.
Scott Yanow, American jazz reviewer and editor of the L.A. Jazz Scene considers The Ghetto Swinger in his recent review: Coco Schumann tell[s] his story honestly, colorfully and with occasional humor. It is a fascinating story that is well worth discovering. Continue reading
Read The Times of Israel’s article about Adolfo Kaminsky, by writer Anne Joseph. “Even though he did things illegally, it was within his parameters of a fierce moral structure,” says Sarah Kaminsky. Anne Joseph, “The book [Adolfo Kaminsky, A Forger’s Life] talks about Adolfo’s ingenious methods for creating forgeries and gives an unflinching account of … Continue reading
Adolfo Kaminsky, A Forger’s Life Best-selling author Sarah Kaminsky tells the story of her father, an unsung hero of the Paris Resistance in Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life. The book has been translated into seven languages and chronicles Sarah Kaminsky’s father’s work as a forger for the 6th Section of the French Resistance, which saved … Continue reading
Q : How did you separate your roles as daughter and observer as you wrote the book?
A : When I was asking him questions for the book, we were not like father and daughter. I was an observer, I had to do a lot of historical research to connect it to his personal story. I had interviewed a lot of people of resistance movements, etc. So I had a professional approach. When the work sessions were finished, I became a daughter once again with my father. Of course the fact that we are father and daughter made it easier because of the trust we have in each other…
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Hungarian modernism may be a terra incognita for many but the distinguished art historian Éva Forgács is an invaluable guide to the territory. Her essays are shafts of light illuminating a complex terrain that is not only located at the center of Europe but, given the seismic political shifts that have occurred there, is central to the history that defined the twentieth century. Continue reading
“Kaminsky’s life is novelistic material, encapsulating the Jewish experience in the 20th century, made of displacement, exile and deportation.
A humanist forger, a utopian outlaw, the Robin Hood of false papers, preparing passports and identity cards for the world’s oppressed…. Continue reading
“For designers, LA-o-philes, architects & artists, futurists & historians, this is an indispensable tour of the bones and blueprints of our unique city.” Read more…. Continue reading
The National Book Review chooses Adolfo Kaminsky, A Forger’s Life as their lead Hot Pick. “Sarah Kaminsky tells the true story of her extraordinary father who courageously and secretly used his artistic talent to forge documents and save hundreds of lives as part of the French Resistance….” Continue reading
Kirkus Reviews praises Erich Hackl’s Three Tearless Histories: “Hackl is like an investigating detective pursuing a case where all the principals are long dead and the few who remain may be reluctant to talk.” Continue reading
In this extraordinary short documentary, The New York Times interviews Adolfo Kaminsky about his work as a volunteer forger for humanitarian causes, starting when he was a Jewish teenager fighting with the Resistance against the Nazi persecution of Jews through the political upheavals of the 1950s-early 1970s. Continue reading
His story is inspiring and profound, yet told with a youthful whimsy. Coco Schumann is the very best jazz guitarist you need to know. Listen to this broadcast again on October 15, 2016! Continue reading
Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life by Sarah Kaminsky was selected as one of the most anticipated books for Fall 2016. We are proud that Kaminsky’s talents are being recognized alongside such authors as Jonathan Safran Foer and Amos Oz! Continue reading